Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Roza Skenderova, LPC
Life is complex and confusing and therapy is a map to self-understanding. Let's go!
Oregon Plaza Building
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2022
Languages: English, Русский
I guide people in examining what gets in the way of making better life choices; I focus on helping my clients reconnect with their playfulness, spontaneity, and joy. I enjoy working with people willing and ready to engage in a deep and honest dialogue with me on their core beliefs and unexplored or unconscious motivations. I am passionate about initiating healing and support for LGBTQIA + folks, women, survivors of intimate partner abuse, immigrants, refugees, and people who feel oppressed.
As someone who has gone through many life changes, I understand that change is stressful and scary. I use cognitive behavior therapy, rooted in ancient Stoic philosophy, to process one's reaction to events and find creative ways of eradicating negative self-talk.
As a queer person born and raised in a conservative culture, I have personally experienced oppressive harassment and discrimination due to my sexual orientation and gender expression. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ folks and practice LGBTQIA + affirmative therapy.
I received training and gained experience in supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence when I worked as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence. I am committed to a feminist approach to therapy by empowering my clients and helping restore boundaries and self-esteem. I use somatic therapy techniques to process the body's reaction to trauma and establish safety.
I provide affirming space to explore sexuality and gender identity and to process how that may be implicated in relationships with family, friends, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. I enjoy working with genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender-nonconforming folks and provide letters to support gender-affirming related care access.
I have moved and adapted to multiple countries and cultures in order to pursue opportunities. This experience can be both fruitful and painful; I know firsthand what it means to be an outsider and grieve the loss of relationships and memories from my past. I support my clients in their journeys of building a new life in new places while acknowledging and processing losses that are inevitable when adapting to new environments.
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